- The 7th Global Workshop on Public Private Dialogue (PPD), held in Frankfurt, Germany in March, brought 145 practitioners, government, and private sector representatives from 40 countries around the world.
- The goal of the PPD was to discuss the importance of collaborative private sector engagement as a means to foster more inclusive and sustainable business practices. In three days, 33 PPD initiatives were presented.
- The Community of Practice is currently being transitioned from the World Bank Institute to the Center for International Private Enterprise.
April 24, 2014―The 7th Global Workshop on Public Private Dialogue highlights the importance of leveraging common experiences for development impact.
In the last few years, about 500 Public Private Dialogue (PPD) practitioners from around the world have come together to build a community of practice. The majority of their communication takes place online where they share knowledge and peer-to-peer advice.
To deepen that engagement, 145 practitioners and government and private sector representatives from 40 countries around the world gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, in March for the 7th Global Workshop on Public Private Dialogue to discuss the importance of collaborative private sector engagement as a means to foster more inclusive and sustainable business practices. During the span of three days, 33 Public Private Dialogue (PPD) initiatives were presented to share experiences, successes, and challenges and to work together to achieve more effective development impacts.
Participants gained insight on best practices to set up, manage, and ensure the sustainability of PPD initiatives, using new approaches to improve effectiveness of dialogue platforms, and to measure the effectiveness of a dialogue program.
“We need to measure the impact of our PPD. We need to know if our public-private dialogue practices are having an impact in the better-functioning of the businesses and eventually the country,” said Franck Tapsoba, Director General of the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
While engaging with an online community is beneficial and practical, the power of face-to-face, offline communication and connections that can be made in an in-person setting cannot be overestimated. Almost every participant at the session noted how powerful it was to be in a room of peers, working on the same issues, struggling with the same challenges, and striving towards similar goals.
Another focus of the workshop was on understanding political economies. Krystle Smith of the Liberia Better Business Forum pointed out that “It really changed the way that I look at why some things get done faster or slower than others. We spend a lot of time taking stock of our stakeholders in the forum, but not taking stock of the political economy and what are the external forces playing on the reforms.”
We need to measure the impact of our PPD. We need to know if our public-private dialogue practices are having an impact in the better-functioning of the businesses and eventually the country.
Franck Tapsoba, Director General of the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce and Industry
By the end of the workshop, participants revised The Charter of Good Practice in Using Public Private Dialogue for Private Sector Development and created an addendum to the PPD handbook for practitioners, that is currently being revised. These knowledge tools will continue to guide the global work on Public Private Dialogue and serve as a reminder for all those who participated that there is a strong community of practitioners working on the same issues that can be leveraged to increase development impact through Public Private Dialogue.